Kelly Johnston earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Washington in 2000. In addition to painting, she has worked in the interior design industry and created a line of handmade jewelry. Kelly returned to painting in 2013 and has since exhibited her work at the Bloedel Reserve, West Elm, Anthropologie, and numerous other venues throughout the Pacific Northwest. She was recently featured in Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine, HGTV Magazine, and Domino Magazine Her work can also be found in three collections of limited edition prints available on, McGaw Graphics and through Sebastian Foster.

Kelly lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington with her husband and two children.

Artist Statement

The waters and skies surrounding Bainbridge Island and the San Juan archipelago of Washington State provide me with endless inspiration for my landscape-based paintings. My work combines bold color and loosely applied paint to emulate the interaction of sunlight on the water’s surface as well as the abstract qualities of clouds and sky. Working with water soluble oils and gouache, I use fluid brushstrokes and atmospheric depth to evoke sunlit spaces and to highlight the organic patterns I find repeated in nature.


2000    BFA, Painting, Minor, Art History. University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Solo Exhibitions

2017    Featured Artist, Anthropologie, Seattle, WA

2017    Featured Artist, West Elm, Seattle, WA

2016    Water Marks, Anthropologie, Seattle, WA

2016    A Vivid Perspective, The Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, WA

2016    Wavelengths, Bainbridge Performing Arts Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA

2016    Illuminated, Bainbridge Island Public Library, Bainbridge Island, WA

2016    New and Recent Paintings, Ghost Gallery for Rocco's, Seattle, WA

2015    Featured Artist, Lark, Bainbridge Island, WA

2015    Water Works, West Elm, Seattle, WA

2015    Rise : Setnew paintings, Anthropologie, Seattle, WA

2014    Above & Below: Paintings by Kelly Johnston, VELOURIA, Seattle, WA

2014    Kelly Johnston: Six Paintings, Mainframe Gallery for Pies & Pints, Seattle, WA

2014    Featured Artist, CAPERS, Seattle, WA

2001    Featured Artist, Trine Studios, Seattle, WA

Group Exhibitions

2017    10x10x10xTieton, Mighty Tieton Warehouse, Tieton, WA

2017    Unity at the Bemis, Bemis Building, Seattle, WA

2017    Arts In The Park, Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, Bainbridge Island, WA

2017    Northwest Fine Arts Competition, Phinney Center Gallery, Seattle, WA

2016    Kitsap Arts & Crafts Juried Fine Arts Show, Kingston, WA

2016    Seattle Showhouse, Hosted by ATG Stores, Decorist and Porch, Seattle, WA

2015    10x10x10xTieton, Mighty Tieton Warehouse, Tieton, WA

2015    By Land or By Sea: Ed Bopp, Kelly Johnston, Mainframe Gallery, Seattle, WA

2014    The Gang's All Here, 2nd Annual Group Show, Mainframe Gallery, Seattle, WA

2014    Northwest Lights: Paintings by Kelly Johnston and Edna Crews, Mainframe Gallery, Seattle, WA

2014    SUN TILT Group Show, Ghost Gallery for Stylus Salon, Seattle, WA


2017    Editors' Award, Minted x West Elm Art Challenge,

2016    Editors' Award & 'Behind the Piece' Prize, Spaces & Places Art Challenge,

2015    Editors' Award, Minted x Domino Round 2 Art Challenge,

2015    2 Editors' Awards, For Art's Sake Challenge,

2015    2 Editors' Awards, Minted x West Elm 3rd Art Challenge,

2015    Top 30 Award, Work of Art Challenge,

2014    Editors' Award, Minted x Domino Art Challenge,

2014    Top 20 Award, Minted + West Elm Art Challenge,


2017    Create! Magazine, Issue VI

2016    HGTV Magazine, Designing a Modern-Meets-Traditional Kitchen, Janaury Issue

2015, At Home with a Minted Artist

2015    Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine, Pacific Northwest Winter Issue

2014    Fresh Paint Magazine, Vol. 4


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